Editor's Note: UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent this email to UTSA faculty and staff today.
(July 25, 2019) -- Dear Roadrunners,
In the spring of 2018 we launched an initiative to focus on the student experience at our Downtown Campus. Much progress occurred during this initial phase, which is now coming to a formal close as certain efforts become operationalized and others evolve into more focused initiatives.
As we look toward the start of the fall semester in just a few short weeks, I’d like to share some updates on the current status of this work. All the efforts described below reflect the fundamental notion that UTSA is one university with multiple campuses, cohesively working toward our bold vision for the future.
Downtown Student Services
Key to our student success goals is ensuring that the student services we offer are appropriately tailored to the specific needs of each campus. Work over the last 15 months laid the groundwork for some significant enhancements to services at the Downtown Campus that are now coming to fruition:
As a result of recent reorganizations within our Academic Affairs and Business Affairs areas, several efforts included in the first phase of the Downtown Campus initiative have now been formalized under the ownership of particular divisions:
We still have much work to do to achieve our vision for the Downtown Campus. Several initiatives launched over the last year advance projects that have a significant impact on the campus’s physical development, academic offerings and student support services. They include:
On the Horizon for 2019-20
This coming academic year we will launch several new efforts to deepen our relationship with the neighborhoods surrounding the Downtown Campus, such as an initiative dedicated to creating connections with the West Side community, and establishing a new Community Relations office within University Relations.
At a broader level, this fall we’ll launch a new initiative on advancing institutional effectiveness focused on maximizing our human, fiscal and physical resources to generate innovative excellence across all our campuses
No doubt this will be another exciting year as we continue to gain momentum as a result of all you do for UTSA. Thank you for your hard work, as always, and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!
Celebrate UTSA’s 50th Anniversary and share social media posts about the 50th using the hashtag #UTSA50.
Join Leadership and Volunteer Service on Friday, January 21st for plant installation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Please meet at the North Paseo Building near the VIA Bus Stop.Main Campus
Stalking 101 will help students, faculty, and staff to recognize stalking (Know it), understand the different ways stalking affects victims (Name it), and how to help someone who may be affected by it (Stop it). This is BYOB--Bring your own brown bag lunch event, so bring your lunch and learn about stalking.Wellbeing Service Meeting Room, RWC 1.806, Main Campus
Join us virtually as we unveil the new College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Student Success Center. Learn about how this Center is designed to assist Undergraduate COEHD students with a successful academic transition from entry to graduation, provide support and mentorship and serve as a resource center and hub to enhance their academic journey. There will also be UTSA and Pop Culture Education Trivia and giveaways as well.Virtual Event
Join this week’s Roost weekly tournament series at the Roost. Compete against your friends, roommates and classmates. Registration is required. Limited spots available.Roost Game Room, H-E-B Student Union 2.220, Main Campus
This session will begin with a brief introduction and overview of the NSF CAREER program followed by audience Q&A with past NSF CAREER awardees.Virtual Event
Career Conversations are informal virtual networking events on Thursday evenings between graduate business students and company representatives.Virtual Event
Session for faculty on how to develop strong outreach and education components to meet NSF’s broader impacts requirements. (Note that the emphasis will not be on education components for NSF CAREER proposals, which are covered in an on-demand NSF CAREER webinar also available to UTSA faculty.)Virtual Event
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